I love Annika. In the ensuing month, Annika is totally and completely potty trained. It took me probably 3 months to get to this point with my other kids. Part of it is me. I'm older, wiser and better at potty training. But part is her and she is great. If things keep going as is, she'll be sleeping pull-up free by next month.
I did read a couple more books in the weeks since I've posted anything. I read Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou. It was very Maya. It's a collection of short stories from the author's life. All of them are interesting. Some of them are a bit lurid. Still, it's a good book. I can see why it's a best seller and I'd recommend it.
I also read Outliers: A Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell. This was a real page turner for me. It's a non-fiction book about how successful people have become successful and how to apply their stories of success to help create our own. Partly, it points out that there is no such thing as a "self-made man." For people who reach high levels of success, there is cultural heritage, parenting, community and all those who were willing to give chances or create breaks for people who eventually became wildly successful. If these people weren't given the chances to succeed by others' efforts, then it becomes probable that these successes might have failed.
One of my personal favorites in this book is the research showing the fallacy of connecting IQ with success. There is a point at which if you are "smart enough" having a baseline IQ of 130 or higher, your chance at success is the same. Having and IQ of 195 doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be a bigger success because all those community things also come into play. I could go on and on. I think every educator should read this book. I also think that if you have some kids who are naturally bright and others that struggle, this book is one to read.